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Haven't you ever seen those alien-crossing signs in the desert?

Even if you are attacked by aliens from outer-space while on your way to thrash the singletrack in Loma, the Thule Sidearm Universal Bike Mount will hold your bike securely to your roof. When the aliens try to use their super-high-powered wind-gun on I-70, they will be no match for the Sidearm.

  • SecureHook latches onto the front wheel, while an adjustable wheel strap quickly attaches the back wheel to the reinforced tray
  • Corrosion-resistant double-walled aluminum tray provides strength and rigidity when traveling on the highway
  • Accommodates bicycles with disc brakes and thru-axles
  • Fits bikes with 20 to 29in wheel diameters and bicycles with up to 3in-wide tires


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3 5

Its ok...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These racks are ok.
Pros. You don't need to take the wheels off, the bikes are secured in place (and locked) so you can duck into the shop without worrying too much bout your bike.
Cons. It is really quite tricky to get bike on and off SUV as its just too tall, fuel economy is awful cos the bikes catch heaps of wind, they are a bit time consuming to get on and off and they cause a fair bit of noise even without a bike on em.

5 5

Bought it for my mountain bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Grabbed this for my mountain bike so I wouldn't have to take the wheel off. I've been pleasantly surprised. Arm has gotten a little harder to move overtime, but that's better than easier to move. No problems yet.

Responded on

Squirt some white lithium grease on the arm mechanism. Stuff does wonders to keep grime out. Works great in the locks too.

3 5

Leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had two of these racks on my car for four years. It's not easy to place and remove bikes in rack on top of SUV, especially our mountain bikes. After a year on top of car the arm becomes very difficult to move and position properly. Have traveled a lot and have had no problems with secure fit in either road or mountain bikes. Still looking for low maintence, long lasting , easy on-off roof racks. Placement of these racks on car is not an easy task, and once there you do not want to mess around to remove them.

4 5

decent roof rack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these racks on my car. I have never had an issue with either rack. The primary assembly takes a while, once it is on the rack it takes less than minute to load and go with any bike.

5 5

Best Roof Rack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This roof rack just works. The only flaw I could think of with this product is that it attachs almost too easy to that someone could steal it super easy. That being said, it's ridiculously easy to put on your vehicle and remove if you don't want it on top when not in use. The system works practically with any bike and was quite stable at highway speeds. The only way this rack really moves is if your bars are flimsy. It has a universal fit so it should work fine on practically any bars.

3 5

I like this rack, but I dont love it.

The title kinda sums up my overall opinion. This thing works ok. The issues I have with it are like another reviwer said the security system on this isnt stellar. It will slow down a theif but I still wouldnt feel totally comfortable leaving my bike out of my sight.

The other problems are the front tire will come out of the tray at 75-80mph freeway speeds or in a headwind. I also had an issue with the rear wheel strap breaking. Luckily I live in UT where backcountry is and I just brought it in and they swapped it for a new one. The ratchet system is help together with cheap rivets that broke after 2-3 weeks of use.

If I had it to do over I would probably go Yakima.

5 5

Best Roof Rack

This roof rack just works. The only flaw I could think of with this product is that it attachs almost too easy to that someone could steal it super easy. That being said, it's ridiculously easy to put on your vehicle and remove if you don't want it on top when not in use. The system works practically with any bike and was quite stable at highway speeds. The only way this rack really moves is if your bars are flimsy. It has a universal fit so it should work fine on practically any bars.

3 5

Works, but with flaws

Pros:
Holds the bike securely (with a mod)
Easy to mount to most bars

Cons:
-The security system is pretty much useless.
-At high speeds, many bike/tire combos will need a front tire strap to keep the tire from working itself out of the tray.
- The sidearm is pretty stiff and depending on the height of your vehicle it can be pretty freakin tough to actually get your bike on the try and locked in. Not to mention, getting it off your car.

Will this work with the aeroblade bars...

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Will this work with the aeroblade bars (wide, narrow bars). Or will I have to buy an adapter?
Thanks

Best Answer Responded on

Despite the fact that your question makes absolutely no sense (wide AND narrow?), I'm going to take a stab:

Because this mount hooks onto the wheel of your bike and not whatever bar it is you're talking about, you won't need an adaptor for any bike. Unless you ride a penny-farthing?

Responded on

Sorry, should of described it better. How does it attach to the roof rack? I have the newer style "aeroblade" cross bars. They're quite wide, but have a thin profile to them.

http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Campaigns/Thule-AeroBlade

Responded on

The xadapt9 makes it easier but you can throw it on the aero bars with the stock mounts.

Responded on

That makes more sense. I have the Thule aero cross bars as well. Thule has been making their mounts compatible with both their old, rectangular bars and the newer, aero bars. They may also offer the option to euro-mount them, making for a much smoother, cleaner mount.

Will this fit with Saris load bars?

Posted on

Will this fit with Saris load bars?

Responded on

Hey Jun,

Hard to guarantee it but these are meant to fit the majority of bars out there. Should be good to go.

5 5

Love it!

Ok, so I've had this rack since August '09 (2.5 years) and I have had no problems with it. I've driven from NY-TX, TX-FL (2x!) and loads of 2-hr drives with my bikes. I'm 5'9 (and female) and I can haul my bikes on my roof of my SUV by myself- the side arm is really quick to put on and adjust quickly.


Popping the rack off and on my car is a breeze (after the first few attempts to get the hang of it). I do suggest getting a bike lock and locking your bike frame down to the roof rack as extra security. No bike rack is theft proof...(but I haven't had a problem yet)

It holds my hybrid, roadie, and 29'er hardtail perfectly!

Love it!
Responded on

How much is the MPG affected while driving w bike on the roof during long trips? Thx, Jay

5 5

Nice Rack

This rack is great! I've had it for 3 years and its been working great. I bought it because i had a lefty and it is perfect. I like it much better than the yakima equivalent, it seems much more secure because you have much more adjustably over the yakima.

Would this fit on a 2011 subaru outback....

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Would this fit on a 2011 subaru outback. My car comes with the cross members but they aren't round.

Responded on

it will fit. but you will need different brackets for the rear mount, should be cheap

4 5

Bomber.

This is about as good an option as I've found for roof-mounted racks. Super easy to use (once installed), and incredibly stable. Takes about 15 seconds to load and/or unload a bike. Dropped a star for two drawbacks: if you want to mount it on the driver side you have to spend 30 minutes swapping the whole system around (minor annoyance), and even locked all a thief has to do to take your bike is disconnect the front wheel. If you have to leave a bike in the rack unattended in a sketchy area, I strongly suggest a heavy chain or a U-lock.

5 5

top notch!

this rack is great, put your bike on the roof in 30 seconds

4 5

Took Some Adjusting

I was really psyched with the rack and installed it with minimal effort. The real effort came when I tried to put my bike on the car and promptly dropped it off my roof twice! I have a Subaru Impreza so the drop actually didn't do any damage to my bike, but the roof of my car did not fair as well.

I took off one of the spacers and it leveled out the rack and since then loading and off loading has been much easier.

I do love the rack and the fact I do not have to take off my front wheel.

5 5

Awesome Product!

I normally do not write reviews on products, but i felt compelled to write one about the Thule sidearm. I spent a lot of time researching and reading reviews on a number of roof mount bike racks. At first I was against looking at a rack that did not mount directly to the fork because I wanted a rack to be stable and not wobble on my roof. Because my bike has a 15mm through Axle I would have had to purchase an additional bracket and then there was the time spent popping the wheel on and off. I own an Audi A4 and have limited space for the tire as well. So after reading some positive reviews on the sidearm i decided to pony up and purchase it. I mounted it to my Thule aero bars with no problem and It only takes 10 -15 minutes to set up. Once on the roof you're all set to go!! Literally 15 seconds to take the bike off or put it on securely. The bike does not wobble at all. It is truelly awesome being able to get to the trails and pull the bike off in 15 seconds. When you are done toss it on the roof, pull the sidearm tight over the front tire, put the strap on the rear tire and you are done! The only thing i can think of to complain about is the additional wind noise from the rack. It is not terrible but it is noticable. Other than that the rack is awesome, so good in fact that I ended up ordering a second one.

Is this roof rack the 594XT or just the...

Posted on

Is this roof rack the 594XT or just the 594?

Responded on

Hi Danielle, this is the 594XT.

will this fit on thule aero bars? i have...

Posted on

will this fit on thule aero bars? i have adapters to fit my thule big mouth, would i need to use these? i cant find the tech specs section you referred to to check compatibility.
thanks

Responded on

pierre, you've got to use an xadapt9 adapter by thule. Hard to get in Canada. I ordered from REI across the border.

Responded on

The xadapt9 makes it easier but you can throw it on the aero bars with the stock mounts.

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